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PARKER COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas sheriff’s office is asking for help from the public identifying and locating the owner/owners of an abandoned horse that was so severely injured that it had to be euthanized.

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Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the 10 to 11 year old horse was found Monday morning, wandering at a well site on Old Weatherford Road.

The paint mare’s right rear leg had been shattered for at least a month and she had open wounds near the leg that had become infected.

(credit: Parker County Sheriff's Office)

(credit: Parker County Sheriff’s Office)

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Officials with animal control believe the horse was intentionally dumped at the site, since it’s seemingly impossible for a large animal to get on the property. “Due to the extensive nature of the mare’s injuries, there was no possible way she could have wandered passed a cattle guard and a locked gate,” explained Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler.

The mare taken to a local veterinarian who determined the injuries too severe and humanely euthanized her. Animal Control scanned the mare for a microchip but didn’t locate one.

Officials believe that up until recently the horse had been well taken care of and say it had been very well-groomed.

Anyone who recognizes the mare or has information of the owner is asked to contact the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at 817- 594-3213.

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